Report - This time of year is always difficult for pro football fans. The
Super Bowl has come and gone, were still a month away from NFL free agency and
over two months away until the NFL Draft. And worst of all, were seven months
away until the start of the 2021 regular season.
Feb 21 The Giants need to get better. A whole lot better. It has to start happening when free agency opens up in mid-March and it must continue in late April during the 2021 NFL Draft. The Giants, in Joe Judges first year as head coach, took steps toward improvement. Steps, not strides. Their defense is imperfect, but fully functional, in need of more pass rush help. Their offense at times was barely functional. Plenty, but not all, of the ineptitude can be traced back to Saquon Barkleys knee injury, which ended his season in Week 2.
Feb 19 How the Carson Wentz trade impacts the Giants. Heres how the Eagles trading of Carson Wentz to the Colts could cripple the Giants most bitter division rival for the upcoming year or two.
Feb 18 There are always challenges. Figuring out how to pay Leonard Williams is one of them, to be sure, but the Giants are assigning this to the "good problem to have" department. There was a semi-serious sense inside the organization of "thats going to cost us" whenever Williams dropped the opposing quarterback during the 2020 season. That sense will soon turn to reality. Production on the field leads to rewards in the bank account. The wheels are already turning, as far as getting the 26-year-old defensive tackle signed to a long-term contract extension.
Feb 15 Here are Giants key dates to watch - for Leonard Williams, Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram, Jabrill Peppers, more. Its technically possible, but unlikely, that Giants general manager Dave Gettleman would franchise tag defensive lineman Leonard Williams - a pending free agent - for a second straight year.
Feb 12 Former NY Giants quarterback Alex Tanney wasted little time before jumping into the coaching game, joining the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles staff on Thursday. Tanney, 33, announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday, ending a nine-year career where he played his final two seasons in a Giants uniform.
Feb 11 Stay or Go: Dissecting the Giants looming free agency decisions on Leonard Williams and 13 others. Before the Giants even get to free agency, they have some expensive decisions to make on their own players. They have 14 players scheduled to be unrestricted free agents on March 17, including two key members of their defensive line. Heres a look at all those players, and what the Giants plans for them might be, and should be.
Feb 10 How tough is the Giants 2021 schedule? The opponents are set. The locations are set. Now all we need to wait for are the exact dates to complete the Giants 2021 regular season schedule. While it will be some time before the scheduled is released, we can take a look at the strength of the Giants 2021 schedule now based on their opponents performances this past year.
Feb 9 Joe Judge hiring Rob Sale to fill turbulent spot on Giants coaching staff. The position of offensive line coach was a turbulent one for Judge in his first year as a head coach at any level. This is an important hire for Judge. His offensive line improved last season but remains a work in progress.
Feb 7 One Giant victory, an oral history of the winning drive in Super Bowl XLII. This is the oral history -- as told by players, coaches, celebrity fans, and the broadcasters who brought you the game over a decade ago from Glendale, Arizona -- of the Giants game-winning drive in Super Bowl XLII. The story starts with the Giants trailing 14-10 with 2:42 remaining in the game...
Feb 6 Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett is set to return for Year 2 in New York, where hell have several players returning from the leagues 31st ranked offense. But make no mistake, Garretts return doesnt mean that the status quo is acceptable. The Giants struggles to move the ball and score are all things he needs to address with his game plans and personnel use. Heres a look at some of the things Garrett and the Giants need to change or decide on regarding the offense if the unit is to take that long-awaited step forward toward becoming a juggernaut.
Feb 4 Saquon Barkley says his surgically repaired knee is doing well, but the star running back wont set a target date for his return to the NFL. Barkley, the 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, tore his right ACL in Week 2 and missed the rest of the 2020 season. The Giants finished 6-10, one win short of winning the NFC East.
Feb 2 Steve Spagnuolo looks to repeat history vs. Tom Brady in Super Bowl 2021. So many times, starting 14 years ago, to a different set of players gearing up to face a remarkably similar Tom Brady in a Super Bowl. Steve Spagnuolo, the Chiefs defensive coordinator, said it to his guys back in late November this season. "How many times can you say, "You got to get Tom Brady off the spot? "
Jan 31 I do not love or hate Daniel Jones. I root for him because he is a New York Giant. I also see potential in a big, strong, smart kid that can throw and run like a deer when given the opportunity. In todays NFL... Daniel Jones seems to be a late bloomer which does not bode well with "Fandom". Issues that need attention. Weapons - Confidence - Mechanics/footwork
Barkleys torn ACL absolutely changed the 2020 season for New York Giants running
back Wayne Gallman. A guy who was a healthy scratch that game and seemed to be
on his way out of the main running back fold for Big Blue was soon a starter and
clutch component of the teams late-season four-game win streak.
Manning is the only quarterback alive who has this over Tom Brady - the seemingly
ageless wonder who is headed to his 10th Super Bowl, his first with the Buccaneers.
Brady is 6-3 in his previous Super Bowl appearances, all with the Patriots, and
the first two losses came at the hands of Manning and the Giants.
Report - So what if the Giants try a different way of making the team better
and more capable of earning a post-season position? What if they used their 11th
spot in the first round of the draft for that world-famous "best available athlete"
and instead focused on veteran free agents? Need a wide receiver? Need a pass
rusher? Need another piece for the secondary?
Jan 23 They say you cant judge a teams performance in the NFL draft until at least two full seasons have passed. Well, that is where we are with the 2019 NFL draft, which saw the New York Giants select three players in the first round. Pro Football Focus is chiming in with their grades for the frost round of last years draft and they have given the Giants an average grade overall on their three picks.
Jan 22 Five players who need to step up in 2021. One of the franchises main goals has to be how to use their best assets on the field properly and efficiently and take the next step from a 6-10 team to a legit playoff-bound team that other opponents wont want to face.
Jan 21 Figuring out what Daniel Jones is, what he might become and projecting his legacy after hes through wearing a New York Giants uniform is more risky and uncertain now than it was a year ago. And that is unsettling. So much more should be known about Jones now, at 23 and two seasons into his NFL career, than what we thought we knew after his rookie year.
Jan 20 The NY Giants passed on Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen in the 2018 NFL Draft, and now must hope that Daniel Jones can take the same leap Allen did in year three of his career. Ironically, Allens first two years were similar to Jones -some flashy plays to go along with some ugly turnovers, leading to a front office unsure of what they have. Allens Bills did more winning, but they also had a much more talented team around him.
Jan 19 Jason Garrett didnt get Chargers job, will likely return as Giants offensive coordinator: Why thats both good ... and bad. Giants general manager Dave Gettleman recently said he felt "antsy" about the possibility of losing offensive coordinator Jason Garrett to one of the NFLs vacant head coaching jobs. Hes likely feeling a little less antsy now.
Jan 18 Joe Judge wants the Giants to take a break, mentally and physically, from the grind of the season. This does not mean a complete distancing from football. Not entirely. Most players tune into the playoff games. Many are engrossed in the sport they make a living in, or they have friends around the league they want to check in on, or they are scouring the market for a potential future employer. The bottom line is, they watch. When they do, Judge wants the entertainment viewing to also turn into a teaching moment.
Jan 17 The NY Giants this season went against a team in every game to be played in the divisional round of the 2020 NFL Playoffs. So, while the Giants wont be picking up any playoff experience this season, it doesnt mean they dont know what it would take to be there.
Jan 16 It would be difficult to classify James Bradberrys first season with the Giants as anything short of a success. Bradberry was a dominant force in Big Blues secondary. Big Blue finished the year ranked ninth in points allowed and 12th in yards allowed, while their 22 passing touchdowns surrendered tied for the fifth-fewest in the league. The the secondary will likely look very similar to how it did in 2020. Bradberry, Logan Ryan, Jabrill Peppers, Xavier McKinney, Julian Love, and Darnay Holmes remain under contract, along with Isaac Yiadom, Madre Harper and several others.
Jan 15 It would be great if Jones came out of Duke setting the league on fire the way Justin Herbert did in 2020. Didnt happen, and doesnt happen for most young quarterbacks. Didnt happen for Eli Manning or Peyton Manning. Didnt really happen for Drew Brees until his fourth year in the league. Philip Rivers didnt play until his third season. Aaron Rodgers didnt play until his fourth year. The first 4,000-yard passing season of Tom Bradys career came in his sixth season.
Jan 14 The encore to the best game of Andrew Thomas rookie season was ankle surgery. The Giants left tackle posted a photo Wednesday on Instagram of his left foot wrapped in a cast, along with the caption "everything went well. Thanks for the prayers." Sources told The Post that Thomas had ankle surgery to correct an issue that was known when he entered the league and had nagged him since training camp. He waited to get it fixed without fear of doing further damage.
Jan 13 Joe Judge doesnt golf. He hasnt been hunting in a while. His off-season hobby is spending more time around the house with his family. While the offseason is a time to recharge, he cant fully take off the coaching cap. He spent much of the time texting with members of the staff about what they were seeing in the playoff games. He also told his players to do as much before they went their separate ways last week.
Jan 12 New York Giants QB Daniel Jones didnt take that step forward many hoped he would in his second season from a statistical perspective. But how much of that was on him versus his supporting cast? And is Colt McCoy worth bringing back on another contract?
Jan 11 Giants didnt get enough from wide receivers in 2020. The New York Giants have already made it clear. They need more playmakers for an offense that finished 31st in the NFL in 2020. Lets review the performance of the players the Giants used at wide receiver in 2020.
Jan 10 It may be early, but its not a stretch to say that the NY Giants already made their most important offseason move. When Patrick Graham was hired on January 17th, 2020, it wasnt met with much praise of fanfare. Now, hes become a vital piece of the teams future.
Jan 9 The Giants did a lot more right than they did in recent seasons. But theres still a long way to go in some areas, especially on offense. Here is a look at three statistical areas that are screaming for improvement.
Jan 8 NY Giants: 7 reasons to be excited about the future. - Its no surprise that the Giants offense struggled in Saquon Barkleys absence. Even with strong play from Wayne Gallman, theres no substitute for a superstar like Barkley. And the offense has no where to go but up once hes ready.
Jan 7 Giants co-owner John Mara confirmed that Dave Gettleman would be returning as general manager in 2021 for his fourth season: "Hes coming back." The biggest reason: Gettlemans positive collaboration with Giants coach Joe Judge, who just completed his first season on the job.
Jan 6 Patrick Graham will return for a second season as the New York Giants defensive coordinator and assistant head coach after signing a contract extension with the team Tuesday. Graham decided against pursuing any head-coaching opportunities for 2021, including with the New York Jets, who had requested permission on Monday to interview him for their vacancy.Jan 5 Joe Judge scolding Eagles is further proof hes right man for Giants. "We will never do that as long as Im the head coach of the New York Giants." -- Joe Judge on Doug Pederson on Monday night.
Jan 4 Giants win over the Cowboys 23-19
On the Game - Game 16
Gamegirl ..."I like the way the Giants played today. There were some mishaps along the way, but they finished on a winng note.."
Mikefan ..."The Giants gave themselves a shot. Well have to see how things turn out..."
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16 Preview - Giants
(5-10) Cowboys (6-9)
Jan 3 The 5-10 Giants hope to end a three-game losing streak when they host the 6-9 Dallas Cowboys, winners of their last three games, Sunday at 1 p.m. in MetLife Stadium. The losing team will begin its offseason Monday morning, while the winner will remain in contention for the NFC East title. For several hours. First place will be officially decided Sunday night, when Washington -- also 6-9 -- will clinch the championship if it wins in Philadelphia or hand it to the Giants/Cowboys winner with a loss.
Jan 2 The Giants probably wont get the help they are looking for on Sunday night. Friday, the Eagles ruled out nine players for their Week 17 matchup with the Washington Football Team. Thats a tough break for the Giants who need the Eagles to beat Washington in order to have a shot at the NFC East title.
Jan 1 Team-first mentality and sense of accountability at both the player and coach level has defined Patrick Grahams defense in his first year as the Giants defensive coordinator. He took a team that was ranked in the bottom 10 of the league in yards allowed per game and catapulted them to 13th overall in 2020. Over the course of many close games this season, the defense has kept the Giants competitive.